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Wildenow Fern

>Can anyone tell me about this fern?  An aquarium shop in Baltimore (I live
>in Northern Virginia) has this plant and lists it as indifferent to light
>level, aquatic or aquatic-bog, and medium in difficulty to keep.  It seems
>to have ont main stem and a very big leaf.  They suggest a low tank with
>the leaf floating on the surface.  It's dirt cheap and I thought it would
>be interesting in a low-light 2 1/2 or 5 gallon tank with killis.

This is another non-aquatic, Selaginella wildenowii.  It is sometimes sold
as "elephant ear" fern.  It dies _very_ slowly, but die it does if kept
under water.  I'm not sure if you could keep it in a terrarium either, the
way I've seen it sold.  It usually comes, (like "Princess Pine" -
Lycopodium) without any root system at all.  I'm not sure the single leaves
we see sold in pet stores are a viable start.

Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Association